Do you arrange the food in your plate at specific angles to each other? Or perhaps the knives and forks in your kitchen are organised in rows and columns, at 90 degrees to each other in the cutlery tray. Habits like these may be described as personality quirks, but if they are more persistent and a little out of the ordinary, they might be because of an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Here are 5 ways to tell, whether you have OCD.

Hand Washing

People with OCD tend to wash their hands several times and vigorously. The habit stems from a deep-rooted fear that germs are everywhere. If you wash your hands persistently and worry that they are not clean enough even after washing them, or have wild thoughts that you will contract HIV or cancer through public washrooms, it could be a sign of OCD.

Excessive Cleaning

Just like washing, some people with OCD feel the need to clean excessively, for fear that germs will spread. This fear can be arrested only through more cleaning, leading to a vicious cycle.

Constant Checks

Leaving the house after checking to see that the stove is switched off, the lights are off and the gas cylinder is turned off are common practices. Some people are known to check the door lock 20 times before leaving the house. Constant checking affects about 30% of people with OCD, according to


Some people count in sets wherever they go. Whether it is climbing stairs in threes, walking across every two tiles or switching on the light five times, if it doesn’t fit in your life, you may have the disorder.


People with OCD are obsessed with items being kept symmetrically and at certain angles. if in placed in any other position, and they will experience severe anxiety.

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